The Gillen Brewer School, a special needs elementary school on the upper east side of Manhattan, is currently seeking to hire an Assistant Director of Communications to join our growing Administration team. We are hoping to fill this position immediately with the right candidate.
Gillen Brewer offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive professional development program.
Assistant Director of Communications
Head of School
Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Calendar to Follow:
The Assistant Director of Communications is a new position to support all communication efforts at the Gillen Brewer School and will partner closely with the Development and Admissions departments. This person will create all communication materials including, but not limited to: general school announcements, updates to current families, the annual impact report, monthly newsletters, community communications, and annual appeals. The Assistant Director will also manage all social media platforms, ensuring all communications are streamlined and coordinated.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for all written materials—drafting newsletter content, website language, social media messages, event invitations, and annual impact reports
Leads all schoolwide communications and coordinating outreach so communications are streamlined, consistent, and on-brand
Takes photographs and video (when appropriate) at school and school functions
Actively manages all social media accounts
Collaborates with Administration, Development, and Admissions to create and execute strategic plans for branding and advancement, including new collateral, website redesign, and social media
Creates and edits fundraising communications, such as acknowledgment templates, campaign collateral, follow-up letters, impact reports, and newsletters
Collects and manages content to be used in fundraising grant proposals by meeting with internal partners and identifying quantitative and qualitative data points
Prepares stewardship materials in coordination with the Development Manager
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School
The school is a community of learners. In addition to staff development and training at Gillen Brewer, employees are encouraged to pursue educational goals through conferences and various workshops. Staff is required to attend all staff development workshops as well as staff, team, and supervision meetings. Staff is also encouraged to attend all school functions listed on the school calendar.
The Head of School will conduct two formal evaluations a year using this job description as a guide. Evidence of effectiveness will be collected through observations, surveys, discussions, and data.
You must be authorized to work in the United States and be willing to undergo a number of clearances, including NYC DOE fingerprinting, a medical health form, and other background checks.
To be considered, interested applicants MUST submit a cover letter, resume, and two reference letters. Please submit materials directly via email to HR@gillenbrewer.com. Please include your name and the position of interest in the subject line of your email (i.e., Deirdre Connors - Assistant Director of Communications).
No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.
A minimum of 5 years of work experience in communications and experience working in a nonprofit setting preferred
Experience working collaboratively across various departments
Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required
Is a team player and wants to be part of a growing department
Detail-oriented, creative, and takes initiative
Strong project management skills and can manage multiple projects at once
Strong Microsoft Office and PC proficiency as well as experience using the Google Suite and Adobe Creative Suite are required
Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
Experience in education a plus
The work environment consists of exposure to physical conditions typical of an office and school. Employees must be able to sit at a desk and work on a computer for long periods of time to complete necessary paperwork. Additionally, employees may also be required to perform activities which include but are not limited to: walking, standing, climbing up and down stairs, and lifting. Vision, with or without lenses, must be sufficient to read in both paper and digital formats. Employees must have the ability to hear, read, write, and speak in English.
The Gillen Brewer School is a reputable special needs school in the Upper East Side of Manhattan dedicated to transforming the lives of young children with a wide variety of language, emotional, developmental and learning disabilities. The school specializes in educating children with challenging, and often multiple disabilities including language-based and non-verbal learning disabilities.